I Have Signed with Köehler Books to Publish Henry’s Story

Katrina Shawver and Henry Zguda

Phoenix, Arizona. 2003.

I am happy to announce that as of May 2017 I have signed with Köehler Books of Virginia Beach, Virginia as publisher of my forthcoming book: Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America. Publisher John Köehler has caught the passion for this project and remains committed to putting out the best book possible.

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Skiing in Safety in the Tatra Mountains

Couple skiing in the Tatra MountainsIn honor of the record blizzard blanketing the East Coast, I thought of a Polish winter. In 1946, the high Tatra mountains offered Henry Zguda secluded safety from certain communist leaders looking to arrest him after the war.  A friend hired Henry as a caretaker of a mountain cabin in the mountains. Thus, Henry spent the winter of 1945-46 skiing in safety in the Tatra Mountains.

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“Auschwitz had a wonderful orchestra”

boccaccio march sheet musicAuschwitz had a wonderful orchestra.” With that line, Henry Zguda introduced me to a lesser known component of all German concentration camps – music. For some lucky prisoners, musical ability saved their lives, because they were selected for the camp orchestra. Henry worked for the director of the Auschwitz orchestra, so was able to describe it in first-hand detail.

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